Derrik Draven Posted March 12, 2005 Report Share Posted March 12, 2005 Well, I've been an aircraft maintenance technician for Delta Airlines for just over 16 years now. Last year was probably the highest amount of cash I'm ever going to make here. Just got 10 percent whacked from us on the 1st of this year, easily going to loose another 10 percent this year and, who knows what is going to happen to our company after we file bankruptcy sometime within the next year. More paycuts, more benefit cuts...possibly going completely out of business. As of right now, fixing these pain in the ass aircraft, isn't worth the money they pay me. That's without more paycuts! Anyhoo...I've been into computers since my parents bought me an Apple II+, for xmas, back in '82. Why the hell I didn't pursue that instead of aircraft maintenance, is beyond me. Well...I'm ready to pursue something...ANYTHING...in the computer field. I need to get trained and get the hell out of the airlines before I'm literally without a job. Do any of you guys have the MCSE certification? That's Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. (not minesweeper champion: solitaire expert!) There is a school, not far from me, offering the MCSE in 6 months training. This school is supposedly one of only a handful, in the states, that are endorsed by Microsoft themselves and that going to said schools, actually gives you an advantage in the I.T. field. Anyone in I.T.? Is it worth it? The website for this place is http://www.computertraining.com I aced the online test, the emailed me and had me come up for a visit to see the place and for a face to face chat. They throw all the "stats" about what jobs are needed and what people are wanted. They were going on about how MCSE and the I.T. field are at the top of the list of most wanted people and growing careers. Well, that all sounds great. I really love the fact that I can get in and out of the school in 6 months. I like the fact that they have student placement services and that they are currently placing about 80 percent of their graduates. They also went on to say that my experience with complex aircraft equipment and, tons of responsibility, will add even more to my chance of getting an I.T. job. Still...the couple of people that I indirectly know, that are in this field, don't paint a pretty picture of the job prospects. Surfing the net seemed to indicate that there was one hell of a slump in jobs right after the "dot-bomb" of the 90's. Supposedly, it's picking up? One seriously hard pill to swallow is that this 6 month Microsoft school costs 24000$. No, I didn't accidentally add an extra zero. 24 grand, baby! Yeeowch!!! I'd hate to have that kind of debt over my head and facing a dreary job market. You know, not once...not one moment, have I EVER wanted to be an aircraft technician. It just sort of happened. Up 'till this point, the pay has been pretty decent, benefits were nice too. That's ending. The industry I'm in is going to be obliterrated before it's over. So...I just figured that if I'm going to start over again right before mid-life kicks in, I might as well do something I like...even if I'll never see that paycheck again, like I once did. I've even thought of Full Sail, down in Winterpark, Florida, to go to school for computer game design. I just need something that has a decent future, a decent paycheck, that's in the computer world. Are any of you guys able to steer me in some sort of direction? I really don't know where else to turn for advice since really none of the guys I work with know dick about computers, or even want a career in them. Most of the guys I'm working with are planning on fixing cars if/when the airlines fall. Eh, not my thing. This is actually pretty serious to me and, any help you guys can give is VERY MUCH appreciated! :rock Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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